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Army September 15, 2011
Deployed troops are
top priority: Secretary
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
A NEW Chief of Army directive
enables military police to conduct
roadside random breath testing
(RBT) of Army personnel.
Provost Marshal -- Army Lt-Col
Murray Heron said CA Directive 11/11
permitted MPs to stop and conduct
RBT on members driving both civilian
and military vehicles travelling within
"These roads are deemed as safety-
critical areas," he said. "If outside a
base, MPs can stop any military vehi-
cle and assess drivers in accordance
with the directive."
Before the release of the directive
on August 5, the procedures for deal-
ing with Army personnel suspected of
driving under the influence of alcohol
was limited to DFDA investigation and
action, a lengthy and complex process.
"MPs used to only have the option
of pursuing DFDA action by their
observations of a member's sobrie-
ty. Now they can conduct RBT while
also maintaining the ability to conduct
DFDA inquiries if warranted," Lt-Col
In the new directive, CA Lt-Gen
Morrison states his intent to stop Army
members from driving vehicles while
exceeding the blood-alcohol limit.
"This directive will improve the
capacity of MPs to reduce the risk of
Army personnel driving a vehicle in
contravention of state, territory or mili-
tary law," the directive states.
"In doing so, this will enhance and
protect our reputation by maintaining
the safety and welfare of Army (and
ADF) members, as well as those with-
in the civilian community.
"This interim directive will remain
in force until the proposed DFDA
amendments have been made."
The Army's Domestic Policing
Unit (DPU), which consists of 80
members, will be primarily responsible
for conducting roadside RBT and the
practice is being rolled out this month.
"There is also a plan to immedi-
ately introduce RBT training at the
Defence Police Training Centre,"
Lt-Col Heron said.
"As for the DPU, we initially put
all sections through RBT trials, ensur-
ing we ironed out any concerns or
issues before going live.
"We then plan to have all 10 sec-
tions up and running, conducting
RBTs this month."
The CA 11/11 interim RBT directive can be
found on the DRN at
RANDOM BREATH TESTING PROCEDURE
THE DPU Operations Officer,
Capt Andrew Deacon, said the
process for MP-conducted RBT
would be similar to a breath test
by civil police.
"If an Army member is request-
ed to stop, they will be asked to
show their ADF ID card," he said.
"Once it has been confirmed
that they are an Army member, a
breath sample is required to be
provided into the alcolmeter.
"All Army members, regardless
of rank, are required to provide a
sample under the directive."
If the member provides a read-
ing above the blood alcohol limit,
MPs will inform the driver's unit.
Staff from the driver's unit
will attend the place of testing
and assume responsibility for the
member. MPs will provide the unit
with the required information. The
MPs can provide an administrative
statement if required.
The matter will then be dealt
with by the driver's unit in accord-
ance with Defence instructions.
If the driver refuses to provide
a sample, drives away from the
RBT site before being released
or fails to obey the direction of
MPs, an MP investigation will
commence and the driver will face
Know your blood alcohol limits
If personnel are on duty and
driving a military vehicle, the
blood-alcohol limit is zero.
If off duty and driving a civil-
ian vehicle, the limit is 0.05 or in
accordance with local state road
laws. Vehicles include bicycles
Blow into this: Cpl Troy Stapleton, Canberra Domestic Policing Unit,
is one of the MPs who will be using Alcolmeters to breath test Army
personnel under the CA's directive.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
Vehicle auction dates set
OFFROADING and motorbike
enthusiasts can look forward to some
exciting bargains when several for-
mer ADF vehicles are auctioned in
Automobile auction specialists
Manheim will sell the vehicles online
and in eight locations in major cities
around Australia between October 4
The sale will comprise 45 Land
Rover TD5 Defenders, 90 motorbikes,
65 all-terrain vehicles and more than
220 trailers of different types.
The motorcycles include Yamaha
XT600, Honda XR250 and Suzuki
All-terrain vehicles include the
Honda Foreman TRX450 4x4 and
TRX400, Suzuki Quad Master,
Honda 450 Traxlok, and Polaris
Auction dates and locations are:
Sydney -- October 4 and 19
Adelaide -- October 11
Brisbane -- October 11 and 12
Hobart -- October 13
Perth -- October 18 and 25
Townsville -- October 20
Darwin -- October 26
Melbourne -- October 27
For more information go to
New secretary: Duncan Lewis
OPERATIONALLY deployed person-
nel must "always be front of mind" for
Defence, according to new Secretary
Mr Lewis, a former Special Forces
commander, took up his appointment as
Secretary of Defence on September 5.
He identified the support of deployed
members as a top priority. Other priorities
included maintaining Defence's reform
"I know each of you do a tremendous
job keeping our nation safe and I look for-
ward to working with you," he said.
"I am entirely committed to work-
ing in close partnership with the CDF to
ensure the best outcomes for the organisa-
tion and I am determined to take Defence
forward with the reform programs
announced by the government."
He is committed to the Strategic
Reform Program and to implementing the
Black Review into organisational account-
"Defence cannot afford to walk away
from reform and I will look for further
ways of improving the way Defence does
business," he said.
"I recognise the skill, the experience
and the commitment in every part of the
department and I will seek your support
and assistance as we deliver a defence
organisation which is operationally effec-
tive, yet cost conscious; an organisation
which is 'can do', yet accountable; and
an organisation that delivers for Australia
a Department of State in support of a
Defence Force with the best defence capa-
bilities our finite resources can produce."
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